The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD is enthroned as King forever. The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace. (Psalm 29:10-11)
We had some extra water in our town this summer. At the time I remember speaking to Mike, a dad of four in our church, who lived several blocks from the river. The levy along the river was 20 feet high and at that point the flood was projected to crest at 22 feet. We thought, and prayed, he would be O. K. Unfortunately, the river crested at over 31 feet and about 6 feet of muddy flood water ended up running through Mike’s living room.
Less than three weeks earlier, Mike’s brother Tom had his house carried away by a tornado about an hour north of us. The Cedar Rapids Gazette found out about the double disaster in this family, and is doing a feature article on them once a month for a year as they recover.
In the first interview, Mike shared the verse above with the reporter who wrote: “Mike often shares Psalm 29:10-11 and says, ‘Those are words that have helped me a lot.’”
Recovery has been more work than any of us imagined, and at times overwhelming. But Mike has been able to testify publicly in the newspaper that God has given him and his family that supernatural strength and peace He promises, even in a flood.
Mike would want you to know that God will do the same in whatever kind of destructive “flood” that might occur in your life. God “sits enthroned” over all of our circumstances, and wants to reveal Himself to us and the world by giving us strength and peace in the midst of them. Even when there is 6 feet of river water running through your living room.